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'Disappointed' Unity Gov’t didn’t seek Judicial Review on CoI Report- Julian Willock

- said it is unfortunate there is no pushback
Former Speaker of the Virgin Islands House of Assembly (HoA) Mr Julian Willock has said he is disappointed there is no 'pushback' from the Government of National Unity of Premier Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), regarding the implementation of the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) Report. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Julian Willock (2nd from right) was at the time a guest of Talking Points on ZBVI 780 AM and livestreamed on Facebook and hosted by Violet Thomas-Gaul (2nd from left), Damian C. Grange (left) and Elvin Grant (right) today, July 19, 2022. Photo: Facebook/Talking Points
Mr Julian Willock (2nd from right) was at the time a guest of Talking Points on ZBVI 780 AM and livestreamed on Facebook and hosted by Violet Thomas-Gaul (2nd from left), Damian C. Grange (left) and Elvin Grant (right) today, July 19, 2022. Photo: Facebook/Talking Points
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- Former Speaker of the Virgin Islands House of Assembly (HoA) Mr Julian Willock has said he is disappointed there is no “pushback” from the Government of National Unity of Premier Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), regarding the implementation of the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) Report.

Mr Willock was at the time a guest of Talking Points on ZBVI 780 AM and live-streamed on Facebook and hosted by Violet Thomas-Gaul, Damian C. Grange and Elvin Grant today, July 19, 2022.

CoI Report disingenuous- Willock

Asked his opinion on the CoI carried out by one-man Commissioner and UK national Sir Gary R. Hickinbottom and his CoI Report, Mr Willock bluntly labeled the CoI Report as a combination of some audit reports done by the Auditor General, placed in a document, and which labeled the territory as corrupt.

Mr Willock also criticised the process of how the CoI was carried out, pointing out that there was no cross-examination and there was an issue of natural justice.

“We have made mistakes just like every other country…but to simply label the BVI and its people who are hardworking as corrupt and think that all the house we have on the hill was gained by ill-gotten means is wrong.”

No pushback by Unity Gov’t ‘disappointing’

Further, Mr Willock made his disappointment known with the stance of the coalition government.

“It is disingenuous and I am disappointed that this Unity Government did not seek at least a Judicial Review on the Commission of Inquiry Report.

“Because all we are hearing is we accept all the recommendations and we are implementing them. There is no push back and that is unfortunate.”

Co-host Mr Damion C. Grange said he “absolutely agree” with Mr Willock’s position.

“I don’t understand how we don’t have anybody negotiating on these recommendations, not that we don’t embrace recommendations for good governance, because we all want good governance…” Mr Grange commented.

‘We did not look back to Britain for anything’- Willock

Mr Willock argued that the Virgin Islands people, through their political leadership, have built the territory to where it is today.

“We came out of Grant-in-Aid in 1978 and we have not looked back to Britain for anything, ok, we had a hurricane in 2017, they sent some assistance, the government of the former premier already had vaccines placed on order, they [UK] intervened and said they will provide them, ok, we are grateful for that, but this is our money, we have built this country and if we have made mistakes we are quite capable of correcting these mistakes,” Mr Willock said.

Legislators, in an effort to better inform the people of the Virgin Islands, are debating the  Report of the Commission of Inquiry.

According to the Motion moved by Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), the debate is to also demonstrate “our disagreement with Recommendation A1 we reject it on the grounds that it seeks to disenfranchise the people of the Virgin Islands, it is Unnecessary, and more importantly, it is Undemocratic.”

17 Responses to “'Disappointed' Unity Gov’t didn’t seek Judicial Review on CoI Report- Julian Willock”

  • asura (19/07/2022, 15:37) Like (4) Dislike (17) Reply
    well said
  • resident (19/07/2022, 15:43) Like (31) Dislike (2) Reply
    Third world infrastructure before Irma and COVID; third world infrastructure after Irma and COVID.

    What happened to the billions of government revenue since the 1980s? Why is public education and training so poor? A small elite “raped” everyone else. Thanks.
    • @resident (20/07/2022, 09:39) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      Exactly

      “We have made mistakes just like every other country…but to simply label the BVI and its people who are hardworking as corrupt..."

      No Willock, the COI didn't label the people of the BVI as corrupt but labelled the elite who have milked the system as corrupt. The COI's recommendations are there to protect the innocent hard working people of the BVI from the corrupt few who have been living like kings at the peoples expense!
    • @resident (20/07/2022, 10:28) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      What happened to the billions in revenue since the 80s...? Some of it went towards things like supporting the secondary schools in the Territory and establishing and maintaining a tertiary instinstitution both of which the UK representatives in the VI at the time were against. I'm sure we can all agree that all benefited and continue to benefit from those.
  • zoe (19/07/2022, 15:47) Like (14) Dislike (8) Reply
    Slowwande don't have the balls he thinking about his position
  • My God. (19/07/2022, 16:09) Like (32) Dislike (11) Reply
    Give the unity government some credit. They safe us from direct rule..They are not perfect, but I think they doing well..
    • ccc (19/07/2022, 16:59) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
      But mark just said we under direct rule go smoke that
    • josiah'sbay (19/07/2022, 21:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      The Governor is running things, you can get more direct than that. You and your 21 likes can't help yourselves, colonial indoctrination is at play.
  • Silent Majority (19/07/2022, 17:39) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    And spend more of our hard earned money?
  • missing (19/07/2022, 18:03) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

    You missing the limelight

  • Wylie (19/07/2022, 18:27) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The whole situation was very reactionary and we can all understand why. Willock had time to think and now hindsight is 20/20 but the truth is he should never have been the speaker. He could've been 'rewarded' another way. Also this all falls on Fahie in my book and not on the make-shift Unity government and I won't make them the culprit. NDP1 and VIP for yrs put us in this. I agree we make our own $$ but there still needs to be oversight and value for the people's dollars.
  • Foot in mouth (19/07/2022, 19:45) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    again. Judicial Review is NOT available in law to the published recommendations of a Commission Inquiry. Obey all 48 recommendations or suffer the consequences.
  • Action Man (19/07/2022, 22:59) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    "The 5 ministers are puppets"
  • Really? (20/07/2022, 08:54) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Willock why should the government challenge the CoI when it is clear as day that some of what it addresses is what WE NEEDED TO ADDRESS for years and did not. If you are an honest man then you would have to admit THERE IS CORRUPTION IN BVI GOVERNMENT and it spans all the departments in one form or another. Stop acting like UK did us something. We did this to ourselves. It does not matter where else in the world have corruption, we in THIS community always prided ourselves on being Christian and living a life of quality. We always require people who come to our shores to do the same. But we have lost sight of who we are and what this place means to us. We do not own these lands, yet we are blessed to live on them. All of us need to stop acting like we are owed something and playing the race card. This is not about race. This time the Massa did not sell us out, we did it to ourselves and WE have to do the work to get back to the fiber of who we are. It does not matter how much corruption there is out there we NEVER had it this bad HERE in the bvi, and WE are to blame NOT the UK or the COI.
  • johnny (20/07/2022, 10:04) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well said.
  • big show (20/07/2022, 11:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    I hate to hear alyo talk $%^^ but we make mistakes people a mistake is a wrong judgment, not something that you did fully knowing it is wrong they didn't make any mistake they s*** our money point blank



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